I really enjoyed this well-acted and directed movie that brought back a lot of memories of earlier times. We see a frustrated George Reeves who tried to give an outward cheery demeanor to his adoring public (just about every kid in America) while being prevented from doing what he wants to do (star in mainstream films and direct). Some of the problems were related to being typecast (we see the audience laughing at him when he appears in From Here to Eternity) though I believe if you are good you can get past that (they laughed at Cher at the premiere of Silkwood). Other issues were related to having a controlling mistress who was married to a movie studio executive and she appears to use her influence to prevent George from doing anything outside the cape and tights.
There is an interesting subplot as we see George hating the adoration of all kids, while the investigator of his murder Simos (Adrienne Brody) is clueless to have any meaningful relationship with his own kid.
Simos tries so hard to unravel the "mystery" behind the night of Reeve's death and misses many obvious clues from another client that hired Simos to trail his suspected unfaithful wife. Several times during the movie Simos' focus seems to shift from one suspect to another until a little piece of film makes him realize what probably really happened.
I am surprised that this movie did not fare well as a theatrical release but it really should not be missed!
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